2020 Recipient - Narelle McCoy
The 2020 Letty Katts Award was awarded to Narelle McCoy for her project Musicians Should Be Heard and Not Seen: the life and music of Letty Katts (1919-2007) and her cultural contribution to the Australian music scene.
Narelle McCoy will explore the contribution of Queensland-born composer Letty Katts, to the musical landscape of Australia. Compositions such as her popular songs, “Never Never” and “A Town Like Alice” provided a distinctly Australian voice to a scene dominated by American culture. She was the first Australian to have an original song in the popular music hit parade during the 1950s, yet little is known about her.
This project aims to redress that by researching the Letty Katts archives held by the State Library of Queensland and reclaiming Katts’ deserved position as a successful creator of popular music in an era when female composers were rare. Her quote: “Musicians should be heard and not seen” contradicts her determination and her ability to liaise with the (predominately male) decision-makers including publishers and agents.
2018 Recipient - Professor Peter Roennfeldt
Professor Peter Roennfeldt was the recipient for his project Brisbane’s Albert Hall 1901–1968: celebrating memory and heritage of a major performance venue. The year 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the demise of Albert Hall, which for nearly 70 years was a major venue servicing Brisbane’s performing arts community. The project aimed to capture and make visible the cultural contribution of Albert Hall through the collections of State Library of Queensland and memories of musicians and others associated with the venue.
2016 Recipient - John Willsteed
Street life: posters and their role in the Brisbane music scene 1975–1995 was a research project designed to enhance the scope of the posters in State Library’s collection by adding details around provenance; by encouraging music poster donations to State Library through social media and personal contacts in the music industry; and by contextualising the posters in written form as well as public presentation/exhibition.
- 2016 Queensland Memory Awards announced